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Chicago Curling Club in Northbrook brings nostalgia, delight to the ice

CHICAGO — The 2022 Winter Olympics are simply days away and one native membership is exhibiting Chicagoans what it takes to go for the gold.

Curling is a sport with a devoted following and longtime roots in the Chicago space. In Northbrook,

at Chicago Curling Club, which dates again greater than 70 years in the past, athletes advised WGN News they’re trying ahead to the USA Olympians set to take part in the video games in Beijing.

Laurie Longee, president of the Chicago Curling Club, is the newest in a protracted line of membership presidents that date again to 1948.

Only in her ninth year of the sport, Longee took to it instantly.

“A friend of mine from back in Massachusetts and found out we have one right here cause I live in town and she told me I had to try it, so my husband and I came out to curl and it was love at first slide,” Longee mentioned.

Played on an oblong iced courtroom, curling originated in Scotland. There are 4 gamers per workforce with stones fabricated from granite. There are sweepers with brooms who accompany it as the stone glides down the ice, clearing it to make a smoother path to a sequence of circles.

Susan Bennett, a 21-year member, is WGN News’ teacher for the day. “It’s a wonderful thing to do,” she says. But it’s not as simple because it seems.

“Bring that left foot upfront as you slide, Ok?” Bennett mentioned.

A match or event is named a bonspiel.

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“It’s played by what we call ends. Think of it as innings in baseball,” Bennett mentioned. “We play eight ends. So one way down is one end. Coming back is the second end. So back and forth down for eight ends. And it and it takes about two hours,” Bennett mentioned.

While issues can get very aggressive, curling is a sport of honor, so there are not any referees, and at the membership degree, it’s nearly enjoyable.

“People know when you miss a shot, it’s not a surprise to anyone,” Longee mentioned. But don’t count on any elbows to be thrown.

“There’s no hip-checking on the ice,” Longee laughs.

When the curling is over, it’s time for what’s referred to as broomstacking, one other title for having fun with your favourite beverage.

“Everybody sits at the table, the two teams, and usually the winners will buy the losers drink and then the losers can reciprocate and you can socialize as long as you want,” Bennett mentioned.

At the Chicago Curling Club, they’ve leagues that begin for youths as younger as 11, with some members who’ve performed into their 80’s and 90’s.